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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, reviewed

tj's sea salt caramels

Fans of Trader Joe’s know that this time of year is when the stores roll out their holiday food items. Rather than simple packaging changes (from “regular” to “holiday”), TJ’s always has a big selection of chocolates, biscotti, nuts and other gifty, snackable products on their shelves. The very first items that caught my eye this season were the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. You ... Read More »

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch, reviewed

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch

 Store shelves are already full of Christmas decorations and other products, and while I tend to shy away from them this early, I don’t even try to resist taking a look at the seasonal candies, whether the candy companies are releasing limited edition holiday flavors of their products or simply putting them in red/green/blue/white seasonal wrappers. Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch falls into the former category. Like regular Junior ... Read More »

Shortbread Lattes from Starbucks

SBL, shortbread latte

Last week, the Starbucks stores in my neighborhood rolled out their holiday drinks – namely the gingerbread (yum!), peppermint mocha and eggnog lattes. I noticed that several stores had special announcements of another drink: a shortbread latte. The drink wasn’t on the regular menu board, but merely written up on the chalkboard with the rest of the specials. My first thought was that it was a ... Read More »

Dove Milk Chocolate with Almonds, reviewed

 Dove has some new additions to their Promises line of individually wrapped chocolates out and since I think that more foods should come with fortunes (or “promises”), I had to give at least one of them a try. I opted for the Dove Milk Chocolate with Almonds. The almond bits are actually pretty large and add a substantial crunch to the small piece of chocolate. ... Read More »

Brach’s Caramel Candy Corn, reviewed

Caramel Candy Corn

It’s candy corn season again and I’ve already filled up my candy dishes, but when I was picking up my traditional bags of classic and harvest mix (the bags that include the candy corn pumpkins), I noticed that there was more variety than usual in the candy corn section. In other words, this year candy makers released flavored candy corn along with the traditional honey-flavored ... Read More »

Color Mist Food Sprays

The Color Mist Food Color Sprays from Wilton are interesting products, colorful spray decorators that give a cake (or cupcake or cookie) an airbrushed look. There aren’t too many similar things on the market unless you want to invest in a professional-type airbrusher, that pro bakers sometimes use to finish off some of their creations. Wilton says that they are “taste-free” and only add color. ... Read More »

Mexican Spiced Ice Blended

I’ve done it before with tortes, cakes and cookies, and given the heat, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Labor Day than lounging around with a refreshing, mexican-spiced ice blended drink. The drink is a simple mixture of coffee, milk, ice and a chocolate/spice blend, which includes sugar, cocoa, ground chocolate and small amounts of vanilla, ancho chile powder and almond. ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Coffee Hershey’s Kisses, reviewed

coffee kisses bag

Regular readers will probably know by now that I love coffee (and coffee cakes, though that’s really a whole ‘nother issue). Not only do I drink quite a lot of coffee and incorporate it into recipes, but I also find it difficult to pass by a coffee-flavored candy without giving it a try. My most recent acquisition in this department was a bag of the ... Read More »

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